VANCOUVER (The News Desk) — While debating his friends about whether or not he should be able to say a specific racial slur on Monday, Vancouver university student William Schmidt announced his belief that our politically correct society gives individual words too much power, and also that he hates when people called him a “racist.”
“The only way we can get rid of hate speech is to say all the hateful words so much that they lose all of their hateful meaning. We shouldn’t give one word so much power,” said Schmidt after one of his friends reprimanded him for uttering a racial slur. “Also I would really prefer if you didn’t call me a ‘racist.’”
“Listen, I don’t care how many racists you’ve dated, or how many racist friends you have, or even if you live in the suburbs,” continued Schmidt. “The bottom line is that the word ‘racist’ comes from a very painful part of my people’s history that we would rather not be forced to relive on a day-to-day basis.”
“Imagine, for a second, what it would be like to be called a racist for hundreds of years. Can you see how it might be hurtful to be reminded of that history? You can’t. That’s the point. That’s why I’d really prefer if you didn’t use that word.” ♦
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